Picks of the Week: June 28 – July 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 28. (Tues.)  Satoko Fujii.  The envelope stretching music of pianist Fujii, a brilliant composer/improviser will be enhanced by the presence of the similarly adventurous trumpeter (and her husband) Natsuki Tamura.  The Blue Whale.    (213) 620-0908. – June 29. (Wed.)  Bob Sheppard’s East West Band. Saxophonist-flutist Sheppard can always… Read More Picks of the Week: June 28 – July 4

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Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 7. (Tues.)  Chris Walden’s Big Band with Tierney Sutton.  The combination of Walden’s well-crafted arrangements, a band full of L.A.’s finest players, and the superb musicality of Sutton’s vocals should make for a memorable, entertaining  evening.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Sept. 9. (Thurs.) Music of the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12

Live Brazil: “Blame It On Rio”: with Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It wasn’t exactly Carnival time Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl, but the season’s Fireworks Finale program had all the rhythm, song and spirit of Brazil’s irrepressible Mardi Gras celebrations. It began on a high note, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, performing a collection of works with various… Read More Live Brazil: “Blame It On Rio”: with Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl